Solid-state physics studies how macroscopic properties of solids (mechanical, electrical, optical, etc.) result from their microscopic structure. It usually deals with the scale where quantum properties of the particles are substantial.

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The origin of contact noise?

I was trying to measure the noise of a device with metal probes. I was not sure whether I should trust the results because I was told contact noise might contribute to some degree. I am a little ...
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BCS Theory of Superconductivity

I'm currently taking an introduction to Solid State Physics class, and is now on the subject of superconductivity (SC). Currently I'm reading about the BCS theory, and how this works on a microscopic ...
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Frequency dependence of permittivity — why not monotonic?

I naively thought that most materials were transparent to radiation of frequencies above their plasma frequency, and opaque to radiation below it. The most intuitive (and analyzed lightly in ...
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Why does total spin conservation law forbid the spin wave gap in Heisenberg magnets?

What is the explanation for total spin conservation forbidding the spin wave gap in Heisenberg magnets?
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When is quasiparticle same as elementary excitation, and when is not?

Can anyone shed light on the comparison between these two concepts?
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Thermal expansion and conductivity

When thinking about how the lattice constant of silicon can be given up to eight decimal places without a remark for the temperature I realized that, it seems most insulators and semiconductors seem ...
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Fermi surface questions

In order to define the fermi surface we must need to know about the momentum space. But I found a little bit about momentum space. Can you elaborate it pleaese? what is the meaning of the line ...
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Why is an optical magnon with k=0 not an eigenenergy state?

I found in a paper the following explanation. Unfortunately, I can't understand it. Can anyone help me on this? In the limit of equal spins an optical magnon with k=0 gets an acoustical one at the ...
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Absorption of a gas into a solid

When a gas interacts with a (crystalline) solid, some scenarios may happen: scattering: gas atoms will not stick or penetrate (do not interact with the solid) Adsorption: gas atoms stick to the ...
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Is there a difference in binding energy between a regular material and a doped one?

Say Silicon and boron doped silicon. Would the doping affect the binding energy? Could I see this in an XPS spectra?
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How to interpret band structures

I'm currently taking a Solid State Physics class, and is currently reading about the quantum mechanical description of solids. I then came across the following figure: It's supposed to be the band ...
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Which interaction is the responsible for long-range magnetism?

I'm taking solid state physics, subject mostly based on Ashcroft-Mermin's "solid state physics". Yesterday I sat for an exam and there was a question I couldn' t even answer: "Which interaction is ...
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Bulk modulus of Liquid helium and first sound

Does anyone know where to find the bulk modulus of liquid helium ? I've been looking all over the internet but everywhere I get N/A. Any tips ? I'd need it to estimate the speed of first sound in ...
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Typical time scales for spin dynamics and lattice vibrations in magnetic solids

In a paper from the 1990s ([1]) on magnetovolume effects in ferromagnets, it is written that in most real situations, the moment (or spin) autocorrelation time is much larger than the period for ...
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More physical explanation of impurity energy levels in a doped semiconductor?

I'm reading about doped semiconductors in Ashcroft and Mermin. They tell you that when donor impurities are added to a semiconductor, their energy level $E_d$ is just slightly below the conduction ...
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Possibility of stable muonic structures?

In an analogy to the neutron, which decays rapidly as a free particle, but when bound in a nucleus it is stable, would it be possible to crease a structure that permits the stability of muons - be it ...
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What's the typical material used as a low-k ILD in semiconductors?

Semiconductor companies (namely IBM, Intel, TSMC and etc.) may use different low-k materials as inter-layer dielectric (ILD) in their fabrication process. I'm wondering what is the most typical one. ...
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Bloch wave function orthonormality?

there is this text book that is giving me a hard time for a while now: It shows that Bloch wave functions can be written as $$\Psi_{n\vec{k}}\left(\vec{r}\right) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{V}}e^{i\vec k \vec ...
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Interpretation Born-Von Karman boundary conditions

The cyclic Born-Von Karman boundary condition says that if we consider a one dimensional lattice with length $L$, and if $\psi(x,t)$ is the wavefunction of an electron in this lattice, then we can say ...
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Interpreting a Hamiltonian in terms of 'hopping' operators

I am having some trouble interpreting a Hamiltonian in terms of "hopping" operators. The Huckel model for nearest neighbour interaction in graphene is given by $$H=-t\sum_\vec{R}|\vec ...
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Pn junction voltage drop?

This image from wikipedia, explains that there occurs a potential drop across a pn semiconductor junction, and an electric field confined to the depletion region. I already know the reason for the ...
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Question about the quantization of lattice vibration (phonons)

In my syllabus about solid state physics they state that lattice vibration is quantized, analogous to the harmonic oscillator: $$E = (n+\frac{1}{2})\hbar\omega$$ So the lattice vibration has ...
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Hall effect with similar positive and negative carriers?

The Hall effect includes the transverse (to the flow of current) electric field set up by the charges which accumulate on the edges, to counter the magnetic component of the Lorentz force acting on ...
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Probability of Different States - Canonical Ensemble - Partition Function

Consider a canonical ensemble of $N$ ideal gas atoms, which could have spin up or spin down. Why is it that the probability of finding the particle in a spin up state generally only involves the ...
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Average number of spin up particles

In a paramagnetic system, where $N = N_\uparrow + N_\downarrow$ is fixed, how does one calculate the average number of spin-up particles $\langle N_\uparrow \rangle$? You can assume we have the ...
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Partition Function for Two Level System

I have a system with $N_s$ sites and $N$ particles, such that $N_s >> N >> 1$. If a site has no particle, then there is zero energy associated with that site. The $N$ particles occupy the ...
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Brillouin Zones in a nanowire

My professor told me something I didn't understand the other day: I was reading a paper on a crystalline nanowire (NW), and in the paper they look at how the band structure changes (from that of the ...
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Holes in a P-type semiconductor under external force E

Basically in almost every semiconductor texts, there will be all these concepts concerning electrons, holes, dopants, fermi-levels. However, I have been always confused about the picture of hole ...
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Paramagnetism and large N

In a paramagnetic system, we have: $$N = N_\uparrow + N_\downarrow$$. If we have a large system, with $N >> 1$, is it generally okay to assume $N_\uparrow \approx \frac{N}{2}$ and ...
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Distinguishable, Indistinguishable Paramagnetic Ideal Gas

In the canonical ensemble, the partition function for an ideal gas is given by: $$\frac{Z}{N!}$$ The factor $N!$ accounts for the indistinguishability of the particles of the ideal gas. What ...
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Paramagnetism Spin-1/2 Particles - Partition Function

I'm trying to come up with an expression for the partition function of a system of spin-1/2 ideal gas particles on a line of length $L$. The total number of particles $N$ is fixed, with $N = ...
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Long range repulsion in anomalous solids

As far as I know things like rocks, walls, rubber balls, polished tables etc. exert a short range repulsive force on other everyday objects that is responsible for hardness, softness, collisions, ...
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Can plasma turn back into gas, solid, or liquid?

I wanted to know if, since basic chemistry teaches you that states of matter can be changed, I was wondering particularly about plasma. I know that virtually all of the Sun is plasma, so I was ...
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Calculate the change in the Fermi energy as the temperature is raised

Sodium has a volume expansion coefficient of $15 * 10^{-5} K^{-1}$. Calculate the percentage change in the fermi energy as the temperature is raised from $T = 0K$ to $T = 300K$. My attempt at the ...
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Electric field and capacitance across a resistor

Using a simple lattice model of conduction, where electrons are accelerated by an electric field, and are slowed down by bumping into the lattice, you get the following equation for current density: ...
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Momentum of light in medium [duplicate]

Maybe this has been asked before, but I didn't find anything about it. I am wondering about the momentum of light in media with refractive index n>1 (so to say, not in vacuum). There are two ...
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Anisotropic refractive index with isotropic components?

In relation to my question here I wanted to make sure that my physical argument was not flawed. Anisotropic properties, (especially refractive index) is characteristic of a well-ordered solid ...
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Why do excitonic absorptions have small bandwidth?

Below is an image of the optical density (proportional to the absorption coefficient) of KBr crystal at low temperature. Indicated at 6.6 ev and 7.7 eV are the absorption by excitons. As you can see, ...
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Determining if a semiconductor is n-type, p-type or intrinsic

The probability that an energy state in the conduction band is occupied by an electron is 0.001. Would this semiconductor then be n-type, p-type, or intrinsic? Notation that I use: $E_F$ represents ...
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Determining Fourier Coefficients by inspection

I'm beginning to learn about Fourier series/transforms. My teacher hopes that by now we should be able to examine a simple potential function and decompose it without having to actually do the ...
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What determines Phonon - Phonon collisions?

I was in Solid State Physics lecture yesterday and we BRIEFLY went over what causes phonons to collide with one another. Things such as crystal imperfections, boundaries, Temperature, but I was ...
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Is there a derivation of all possible Bravais lattices in 2D and 3D?

Do any of you know a (possibly elegant) derivation of all possible Bravais Lattice and the Crystallographic Group of Lattices in 2 and 3 dimensions? Group theory /abstract nonsense approaches are ...
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Photoelectric effect high frequency limit?

The photoelectric effect has a low frequency limit below which nothing is observed. Increasing the frequency energy is enough to free an electron. Continuing to increase the frequency the material ...
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What are the six degrees of freedom of the atoms in a solid?

A monoatomic ideal gas has heat capacity $C_v=1.5$ which comes from the three translational degrees of freedom. For solids at high temperature, $C_v=3$, implying six degrees of freedom. What are ...
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Derivation of Matrix Components of Hamiltonian in Tight Binding Method

Im currently struggling with the description of the tight binding method in the original paper by Slater and Koster from 1954 (where a free version of the paper can be found under this link). In ...
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What happens to the impinging light if its wavelength is smaller than the absorption band of a semiconductor?

Are all wavelengths absorbed in the semiconductor regardless of material's absorption band?
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Is carrier charge density and carrier mobility constant in a given material?

If we assume the semi-conductor is doped by a variable amount, is there some way I can look up carrier charge density for the material in a reference somewhere? What about carrier mobility?
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Does Saturation velocity in semiconductors have a relation with the wavelength in which the peak in the absorption spectrum occurs?

Saturation velocity is the maximum velocity a charge carrier in a semiconductor, generally an electron, attains in the presence of very high electric fields. (source) I want to know if the ...
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How do the effects of semiconductor doping affect the Hall effect?

For instance, consider number 4 and 5 in the following sample: Using the right hand rule, B points downwards, conventional current points to the right (because of the 5V battery), and therefore, ...
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Is the thickness of a sample related to the intensity of x-ray diffraction?

I understand that in general if we're adding more planes of atoms (increasing thickness of sample) then the intensity would increase because we have more constructive interference. But isn't there a ...